St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 643 - May 2 / May 15, 2011

The Orthodox Faith

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 643
May 2 / May 15, 2011
Sunday of the Paralytic

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Recent Services
May 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read
May 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy, Procession and Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo. Mitred Archpriest Stephan Romanchak and Protopresbyter Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch served. Thirty-one people attended.
May 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Nineteen people attended.
May 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read
May 10
The Canon for Matins was read.
Two people came in the evening for the Akathist to St. Sava.
May 11
Matins and First Hour were read. One person came in the morning.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
May 12
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins, First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday.

6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at7:00 PM.

4:00 PM Vespers

Akathists and services for special needs held on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius. St. Nikodim of Pec.
June 2 - Feast of Ascension
June 5 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.
June 9 - Apodasis of Ascension.
June 11 - Memorial Saturday-Grave Blessings.
June 12 - Pentecost
June 17 - St. Mitrophan.
June 20 - Apostles Fast begins.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Forty six people attended the Slava dinner. In addition to the clergy, program participants included Executive Board members: Stan Brozik, Rich Porter, Sonia Janson; Mitzie Hunchuck and Andrea Janson. Readers included: Maria Djonovich, Paulette Radock, Mark Zivkovich, Kathleen Waters, Dr. Ivko Dimitric, Mildred Bezjak, Aaron Carson, and Stojan Raulic. Attorney Linda Chambers spoke on the theme: “Standing Up for Good Against Evil.”

Congratulations to University of Pittsburgh student Nina Sabak for a recent radio appearance to read poetry connected with her Russian studies.

Congratulations to Nathan Dragich graduating from the Law School in Berkley, California. Nathan is the grandson of Frances Dragich. Nathan has been to St. George Church with his mother Denise.

Parish Slava greetings were received from Mother Ana, Dr. Anatoli Peredera and Dr. Robert Vranes..

Mitzie Hunchuck has posted twenty videos on utube of various church services here. The videos have had more than three thousand views. To view the videos; See Mitzienp-utube.

Recently a man from Australia has been writing to St. George Church.

Bob and Anna Marie Belich always remember the St. George Church.

Novak and Stephanie Niketic always remember the St. George Church.

Jim and Martha Dice are originally from the Uniontown area. They are now in Florida and maintain an interest in the St. George Church.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Two people came for Adult Class on Tuesday. Come to class this week and study the Holy Gospel. Learn from Blessed Theophylact and St. Athanasius the Great.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Nedeljko Lunich

Every year is given by the Lord and it should be a blessed one. Every day that the Lord has made was made with good intention to be useful to God’s most perfect creature man. How we in a human way live through God’s blessed days and years is a different matter. We categorize days by our innter feelings. The sun shines, but not everyone notices it. Though being overtaken by our inner feelings, we must not be immune to the beauty of God’s work

( 1980 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada. )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois

To Consider

The continued celebration of Pascha until the Feast of Ascension.
The appearances of the Risen Christ.
The joy of the Risen Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 6 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va.
May 10 - Went to Mon General Hospital in Morgantown while parishioner had surgery.

Psalm 117/118:

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Sunday of the Paralytic

John 5:1-15

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, “Take up your bed and walk.” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, “Take up your bed and walk?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who made him well.

The Lord Jesus Christ makes us well when we pray to Him or attend the Divine services of the Church. The Lord Jesus Christ makes us well when we prayerfully read the Holy Bible or when we partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ makes us well when we are blessed with Holy Water or Blessed Oil. The Lord Jesus Christ makes us well when we go to Holy Confession. The Lord Jesus Christ makes us well through the prayers of our friends or loved ones. The Lord Jesus Christ makes us well through the intercessions of the Mother of God, our guardian angel and our patron saint. The Lord Jesus Christ makes us well through many different ways known and unkown.

The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is limited only to the degree the Lord Jesus Christ chooses to limit the healing power. The present Gospel reading gives an example of the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus healed the man that was suffering with the same affliction for thirty eight years. The healing of the paralytic gives hope to individuals with long standing conditions.

Jesus not only heals individuals. He nourishes them. The heart, the mind and the soul need the nourishment of Christ if a person is to follow the narrow path of salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ provides that continuous nourishment that is necessary. Individuals are nourished through prayer as a way to appeal to and learn from Christ.

Individuals are nourished through reading and listening carefully to the Holy Gospel. Individuals are nourished through receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Nourishment from Christ comes through participating in the Divine services of the Church on a regular basis. The feasts of the Church provide opportunities for additional nourishment and expose the believer to intensified experiences related to salvation.

Nourishment from Christ enables us to formulate a world view consistent with the ways of Christ. Nourishment from Christ fortifies the believer to resist sin and evil. Nourishment from Christ provides experiences of joy and growth. This is the time of the celebration of the Resurrection in God’s Holy Church. The Risen Christ is richly manifested in the daily services of the Church.

Greetings of the Resurrection abound among believers. The Resurrection troparion is sung in the churches. The healing of the paralytic in this post-Paschal period of celebration dramatizes the new life in Christ possible through healing.

The daily news of the world is often filled with words of gloom and doom. Believers will find strength and joy in the Risen Christ. Believers will find protection and refuge in the Risen Christ. The Christ healing the paralytic at the pool called Bethesda is the same Christ present in God’s Holy Church. The paralytic’s life was changed from frustration and immobility to joy and new found freedom of movement.

Joy and new found freedom of movement are found in the Risen Christ. The tomb did not confine Christ beyond when He chose to be there. Sin will not imprison believers choosing to be freed in Christ. To be free in Christ, believers need to concentrate their lives in Christ. Believers need to commit to the way of Christ and resolutely follow that way. The saints and martyrs have marked the pathways to the Kingdom of God. The saints and martyrs have shown the way for salvation. In the Book of the Holy Prophet Jeremiah we read the words of the Lord: “Ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16).

Walk the paths of the Holy Apostles. Walk the path of St. John the Baptist. Walk the path of St. Stephen the Protomartyr. Walk the paths of the Three Hierarchs. Walk the path of St. Athanasius the Great. Walk the path of St.Nikola of Myra in Lycia. Walk the paths of St. George and St. Demetirus. Walk the paths of St. Sava and Deacon Avaccum. Walk the path of St.Nikolai of Serbia. Walk the straight and narrow road of the Mother of God.

The joy of the life in Christ exceeds the ability of individuals to fully comprehend. The paralytic sitting beside the pool would experience at joy at the time of healing that he never experienced previously. Sinners forgiven by Christ feel the weight lifted from their hearts and are invigorated by new hope. Unity with Christ brings wholeness and peace. The Empty Tomb provides joy to millions and millions every year. The joy of the Risen Christ is inexhaustible joy.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 2 / May 15, 2011
The Sunday of the Paralytic.
St. Athanasius the Great.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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